Mariota, Winston make big moves
There’s a new leader atop The State’s weekly Heisman Trophy poll.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who garnered seven first-place votes among the poll’s 13 voters, jumped into the top spot after a strong showing in a win against Washington State. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston also made a significant move after a spectacular performance against Clemson.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who had occupied first place the previous five weeks, fell to third after the Aggies were upset by Auburn. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd dropped from third to ninth after a poor performance against FSU.
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Quarterbacks hold eight of the first 10 spots, with USC’s Mike Davis the first running back listed in the poll at No. 6.
|1. Marcus Mariota, QB||Oregon||55 (7)*|
|2. Jameis Winston, QB||FSU||53 (2)*|
|3. Johnny Manziel, QB||Texas A&M||42 (3)*|
|4. A.J. McCarron, QB||Alabama||12 (1)*|
|5. Sean Mannion, QB||Oregon State||10|
|6. Mike Davis, RB||USC||7|
|7. Bryce Petty, QB||Baylor||5|
|8. Teddy Bridgewater, QB||Louisville||4|
|9. Tajh Boyd, QB||Clemson||2|
|T-9. Lache Seastrunk, RB||Baylor||2|
Others receiving votes: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, 1; Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State, 1; Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, 1.
Poll voters: Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Heath Cline, 107.5 The Game; Rick Henry, WIS-TV; Josh Kendall, The State; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Phil Kornblut, South Carolina Radio Network; Kevin McCrarey, South Carolina Sports Network; Andrew Miller, Charleston Post and Courier; Ron Morris, The State; Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier; Neil White, The State; Larry Williams, TigerIllustrated.com; Pete Yanity, WSPA-TV.